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WhatsApp Desktop App for Mac and PC Exposed as Malware Scam

by Jacob Kleinman | February 27, 2014February 27, 2014 10:00 pm PDT

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WhatsApp may be one of the most used messaging services in the world, but if you’re hoping to find a desktop version of the popular app be careful. There’s no official version of WhatsApp for Windows or Mac, but that hasn’t stopped online scammers from offering up their own fake desktop client.

The fake WhatsApp client will do more than just pester you with spam and pop ups. According to Trend Micro, the app actually packs some trojan malware designed to steal account information and passwords stored on your computer. For now the scam is apparently targeting users in Brazil, but we’d definitely avoid any service that claims to provide a WhatsApp desktop client for the time being.

Now that Facebook owns WhatsApp it’s entirely possible we could see an official desktop app or browser-based service appear in the future. The Internet giant previously did the same thing with Instagram, building a desktop website for the mobile-only service. Until then there are plenty of other options from Facebook’s own messaging service to Apple’s iMessage to WhatsApp competitor, Line.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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